As many of you know, for the past two and a half years I have been discerning entering the Society of Jesus, a Catholic religious order better known as the “Jesuits” (this is the order Pope Francis is part of, although I liked them before Pope Francis was cool!). After a lot of prayer and some intense discernment (God can really hit you upside the head sometimes…), I’m at a point that I truly believe I am called to be a Jesuit. In preparation for entering the Society, I’m planning on moving to the Cities to begin the application process, to work on paying off some debt, and to spend time with my family. I won’t be leaving until early summer, so there is plenty of time for us to enjoy each other before I go! I have so appreciated my time here and look forward to the memories we’ll make in the next few months! Mark
With Mark Hakes planning to move to the Twin Cities, Peace UCC is seeking a Children and Youth Ministries Coordinator to begin sometime this summer after the end of the 2014-15 program year (depending on candidate availability, start date may be flexible). This is a full-time position with benefits. The position is responsible for the ongoing development and management of a children’s Christian ministries program in coordination with the Lead Pastor and the Christian Education Board.